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Chinese to the World: Ignore Our GDP

Tea Leaf Nation, Alexa Olesen

The U.S.-based World Bank grabbed everybody’s attention by announcing that China was poised to displace the United States as the world’s largest economy based on purchasing power.



Will China’s Economy Be #1 by Dec. 31? (And Does it Matter?)

William Adams, Damien Ma, Zha Daojiong, Arthur R. Kroeber , Derek Scissors, Taisu Zhang

On April 30, data released by the United Nations International Comparison Program showed China’s estimated 2011 purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rate was twenty percent higher

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Local Governments Aim for Lower GDP Growth This Year


Most of the local governments that have announced their GDP targets for this year aimed lower than they did in 2013, citing the need to rebalance the economy and improve the quality of growth.

China’s Way to Happiness

Ian Johnson

Richard Madsen is one of the modern-day founders of the study of Chinese religion.

Dreams of a Different China

Ian Johnson

Last November, China’s newly installed leader, Xi Jinping, asked his fellow Chinese to help realize a “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation.



Xi Jinping Refills an Old Prescription

Orville Schell

The reforms called for by the Third Plenum of the Eighteenth Party Congress have been, like so much else in China over the past few decades, part of an ongoing C



To Save or Not to Save

Sohu Business, Tea Leaf Nation

China is known for saving money, and as the country has become wealthier, the household saving rate has increased.

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What China is Getting Right

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, Jeremiah Jenne

Complain as we might about life in China, the last thirty-four years or so haven’t been all bad: we have seen three decades of roughly ten percent GDP growth, a whole lot of people eating a whole lot better than they did, and impressive



China’s Path to Consumer-Based Growth

Luo Xiaoyuan

This paper proposes a possible framework for identifying excessive investment. Based on this method, it finds evidence that some types of investment are becoming excessive in China, particularly in inland provinces.



China 2030: Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative Society

Sara Segal-Williams

Can China’s growth rate still be among the highest in the world even if it slows from its current pace? And can it maintain this rapid growth with little disruption to the world, the environment, and the fabric of its own society?

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China’s Economic Policymakers Turning a Page


Written into the script for China’s once-in-a-decade leadership shuffle, confirmed at the recently concluded National People’s Congress, are macroeconomic policies for the new government that plot a course for future growth.

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How to Implement the “Going Out” Strategy


Now is the right time for China to implement its global outreach strategy.



Governing Health in Contemporary China

Yanzhong Huang

The lack of significant improvement in people’s health status and other mounting health challenges in China raise a puzzling question about the country’s internal transition: why did the reform-induced dynamics produce an economic miracl

China’s Lost Decade

Ian Johnson

It’s hard to believe, but just twenty years ago China was on the verge of abandoning the market reforms that have since propelled it to its current position as a world power.



A Mosque of Their Own

Kathleen McLaughlin

The women of Sangpo know well they are the guardians of a 300-year-old custom that sets them apart in Islam and they are increasingly mindful that economic development could be that tradition’s undoing.